Exploring the Out-of-School Time Program Ecology of Boy Scouts Academic Article uri icon


  • Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Youth development programs, such as Boy Scouts of America, and other out-of-school time programs (e.g., sport), may represent important ecological assets in the lives of youth. Participation in such programs has been linked to indicators of positive youth development, including character virtues. Nuanced relationships exist, however, between involvement in specific sets of out-of-school time programs and indicators of positive youth development. The present study examined character virtues of youth (N = 667) who participated in Boy Scouts of America and in other out-of-school time programs (e.g., sport, band/music, or faith-based activities). Scouts participated in an average of two other out-of-school time programs. There was relatively limited variability, however, in the intensity of out-of-school time program participation. Sport was the other out-of-school time program most frequently engaged in by Scouts. In general, character virtues did not vary in relation to participation breadth or intensity. Limitations of the present study and implications for future research are discussed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Champine, R. B., Wang, J., Ferris, K. A., Hershberg, R. M., Erickson, K., Johnson, B. R., & Lerner, R. M.

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • April 2016